Churches of Rome

If there is one thing that Rome is known for – beyond Vespa’s, crowds and food – is churches. They dot the city, are free to enter and, if you go into one of the smaller ones, offer a pleasant respite from the heat and chaos of the city. I would usually throw a coin... Continue Reading →

Streets and Sights of Rome

This post is going to be a bit disjointed, mostly because I want to share a lot of photos and am trying to sum up the activities of a few days. I’m going to come right out and say it: Rome has way too many tourists. I was staying in a hostel near the Termini... Continue Reading →

The Vatican and Why I Went Twice

Visiting the Vatican is a must-do on the list of Rome attractions – a small city state, of only 44 hectares, the Vatican is the home of the Pope and St. Peter’s Basilica, the massive building which dominates St. Peter’s Square. The signage to St. Peter’s Square – or Piazza San Pietro, in Italian –... Continue Reading →

Ostia Antica

An interesting, easy day trip from Rome is a visit to the ancient port city of Ostia Antica (and possibly Rome's first colony), now a sprawling set of ruins with buildings in various stages of decay. Ostia Antica, as a port city, was an important part of the Roman trading network and had upwards of... Continue Reading →

Ancient Rome

I decided that my first full day in Rome should be devoted to Ancient Rome and its inhabitants – and what better way to do that than a visit to the sites of the Colosseum, the Forum and the Palatine Hill? All three sites can be visited on a single ticket, costing €12. Strolling down... Continue Reading →

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